It’s time to compare my reading habits in 2010 vs 2020.
Even as I typed out that blog post title, I started laughing quietly and bitterly to myself, like BOLD OF ME to assume I remember what I was like in 2010. The other day I found a half finished novel in my email files that I was apparently co-writing with my sister in 2012 and do I remember it? Do I have any memory at all of writing it??? no.
(I’m concerned too. 😂)
2010 vs 2020
So back in 2010, I was 16 and I think we need to acknowledge that I was (a) a very young sixteen, and (b) about as oblivious and useful as an upside down turtle. So this should be interesting.
How much did you read?
2010 me → At 16 I was…hm. Just finishing up school so I was mostly reading historical fiction school books, 90% of them would’ve been either adult or middle grade too. I’d JUST started using a local library more and but I don’t think I’d even read the Hunger Games. This is even PRE- STIEFVATER. So basically I was unformed and unbaked as a person. I would’ve read less than 50 books per year and considered myself a voracious reader.
2020 me → I’m aiming to read 150 books this year (but I usually read 200) so we can definitely say I’m THRICE THE BOOKWORM I ONCE WAS. But I had no one to be competitive with back then. Now I have all of you to race. 🤗
Did you write reviews?
2010 me → This was pre-Goodreads for me, but I did write reviews! In a little notebook! I found it the other day and realised I rated everything backwards. Get ready for this stroke of genius. So “first place” obviously means “1 star”, right!? RIGHT!?!??! Anyway all my favourite books are rated 1 star in this notebook. I am wheezing.
2020 me → I actually write less reviews than I used to because I am old. but I also don’t write negative reviews now so I skip to the ones I love and go into detail and flailing for those. (Flailing + detail = fletail. Don’t argue. Just say out out loud and bask in my quality content here.) Now I review on Goodreads primarily, and I’ll do ARCs and blog tour books here on my blog.
2010 me → oh wow I DO NOT REMEMBER. I’ll take a stab in the dark and say: Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, A Murder For Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner, and Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff.
2020 me → I mean. Everything Maggie Stiefvater writes of ever? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But I also adore wholly: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Jenn Lyons, Scott Lynch, Laini Taylor, K. Ancrum, Nora Sakavic, Leigh Bardugo and Hannah Moskowitz.
Where did you get your books from?
2010 me → Mostly second hand reads that my mum would buy for school reasons (we homeschooled and had a very literature based curriculum which was GREAT, except for the fact one book was meant to last, erm, 2 weeks? Fools). I also started getting into library books more and cruising the YA section like a wilful little shark. Did I buy books? Never full price. Only rarely second-hand and it would have to be if I had birthday money.
2020 me → Oh I buy books. I do. 😌 Maybe 3-5 books per month though, so it’s nothing too wild. Most of my books come from publishers or Netgalley or the library. I was deprived of a library for the last 2 years, so now I have one back and I borrow aaaall the things. They’ve ever bought a few books I requested. This is so good because I would never be able to afford enough to sate my bookish appetite. 😂
What things annoyed you most in books?
2010 me → Ugh I’m trying to remember. I didn’t have such fierce opinions back then because I was an unformed potato, but I do remember hating books by boys who didn’t really do anything but be “dumbly heroic”. I was scathing to things like Biggles and the Hardy Boys (aka my brother’s books). I hated classics. I plotted the DEATH of Robinson Crusoe, I swear. I despised slow books. And I hated when books didn’t have solidly closed endings with no sequels.
2020 me → I really am tired of the “badass heroines” who are mean in the name of being empowered. Ugh. It’s not the same thing. Right now I’m wearying of YA characters who do not act like teens, all the fantasies that have marriage as pivotal plot points (?!!? why!!!), and being expected to forgive horrible characters. 🤨 Erm, no I don’t care about your tragic backstory if you are casually cruel to others. Go eat a raw egg.
Who did you discuss books with?
2010 me → Only my mum and sister. 😭 I had the kind of “friends” who thought reading was only for school and then it was a real chore to get through. And I look back now and understand why I was so disconnected with them when my life was 80% plotting fantasy worlds in my head.
2020 me → YOU ALL!!!! Oh wow, I seriously have so many people to turn to when I need gush about a book. I have so many incredible friends just a DM away, blog and instagram followers to talk to, and I can write goodreads reviews and engage with the community any time?! I am not starved for bookish discussion. It is so good.
What’s been the biggest change?
Reading more diversely. Reading from LIVING authors. Reading books about people who wholly different to me that I just really learn how rich and wild and deep the world is.
Also my TBR pile. It’s 1000 x taller. 👀
alright tell me your 2010 vs 2020 comparisons for reading habits?! does anyone remember what they were like 10 years ago? 😂(and if you are super young and about to say “I couldn’t even read 10 years ago, c.g.” i will feel old and cry on you, be warned)